Nov 4

Gamelan comes to Esher


Performing arts, dance and music students from Esher Sixth Form College swapped pop music for Gamelan when they experienced the outstanding talent of an ensemble of visiting Indonesian students.

The 14 students and six teachers from SMKN 10 Bandung Performing Arts School in West Java, specialise in traditional Sudanese and Gamelan dance, music and puppetry. They held a series of interactive workshops for students to experience everything from the Peacock Dance to playing kendhang drums.

With thanks to the Indonesian Embassy, Emily Boulting at Riverhouse Barn in Walton, Simon Cook at  ACS Cobham and Claire Whittaker Head of Music at Esher Sixth Form College.  Gail Deal, Head of Performing Arts at Esher, said, “This was an amazing opportunity to see two cultures performing together while sharing a love of music and dance."

Photo credit: With thanks to Emily Mudie Photography​